The City of Joburg figures the best remedy for South Africa’s post World Cup hangover is an exciting cocktail of dance, poetry, theatre, music, visual art and film at the 18th annual Joburg Arts Alive International Festival.

Councillor Teresa van der Merwe of the City of Joburg (COJ) said: “After hosting such a successful World Cup we need to raise the momentum again by saying ‘ayoba Arts Alive, ayoba.”

At last year’s festival, 10% of the performing artists were international which led to several COJ councillors raising concerns that what was needed was a 100% local festival.

But Steven Sack, director of the arts, culture and Heritage at the COJ, said the event would continue to have an international flavour.

He said: “While we strongly believe in supporting local art, Arts Alive is an international festival that allows artists to interact with their international counterparts and exposes audience to international art.”

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